What do you get when you cross a mobile phone and a Doctor?….

September 25, 2011

Australia has 2.5 doctors for every 1,000 people, Uganda has 0.08 for every 1,000 people; America has 2.7, India has 0.6., so how do you cope with 60 people contracting and 1.9 people dying of tuberculosis every minute and 91% of these deaths being in Africa.

Part of the answer is in the most unexpected form of technology – the mobile phone.

The one thing that developing countries increasingly have access to are mobile phones with 71% of Indians and 48.6% of Bangladeshi’s owning mobile phones.

Put this technology in the hands of the right people and attach them to an avalanche of medical tools and resources and you can begin to make a dent in the massive issue.

The UN, World Health Organisation and billions of charitable dollars are being used towards spreading medical assistance through mobile devices to the hitherto near impossible to reach corners of the globe.

This week radio 6PR’s Jason Jordan and I chat about some of the incredible programs and uses for mHealth including playing an onscreen cricket match whilst simultaneously learning about HIV Aids prevention; or feeding your virtual pet as a way to remind you to take your own medicine, or connecting a network of village based basic trained medical providers to a huge network of larger city Doctors and Hospitals.

So the answer to “What do you get when you cross a mobile phone and a Doctor?” is – a cost effective way to spread medical care and knowledge to the most remote and disenfranchised people on our planet.

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Teach ’em what they need to know

September 22, 2011

Australia has announced it will ease student visa restrictions but researchers say the way the overseas education system works will change markedly as more people have internet access.

Adelaine Ng of ABC Australia radio and I jumped into the debate on the future of higher education to discuss where we may be headed and how different tomorrow’s education sector and offerings need to be.

On air we worked our way through an IBISWorld report that says higher education systems go through life cycles and how we are on the cusp of a new era in education and talked about universities gearing towards life skills as a base for education to meet trends that will see people have 6 careers in a lifetime and 14 different jobs.

I am a strong believer that we can’t just teach them what we were taught, nor can we teach them in the way we were taught and that the world of education is in for a fundamental shift in its content, client, delivery method, staffing, outcomes and purpose.

Anyway listen in and I’d love to know what you think about where education is headed and what it should become.

and listen live each Thursday at 4.35 p.m. (Australia EST)

It’s good to be back

September 19, 2011

This weeks segment marks my sixth year on 6PR Perth radio and we kicked off with Jason Jordan and I talking about the world of possibilities that exist online and offered through our nearly 7 billion people on this planet.

We chatted about CrowdFunding and the ability to get loans and investors for your projects, ideas and brands. It is the online equivalent of traditional joint venture partners, angel investors or hitting up your family for your great can’t lose world changing business idea.

We also chatted about CrowdIdeas and the growing online industry that let’s you pay other people to do your thinking; before wrapping up talking about that enormous industry of CrowdBuying or buying online.

All in all a great start to the summer season of FutureTech.

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and listen live each Sunday at 4.20 p.m. (WST)